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Season 18  "Top Gear Goes to China"  18x2

Aired 7 years ago - Feb 05, 2012

Jeremy Clarkson and James May travel to Beijing for a look at China's ever-expanding car industry and a violent encounter with The Stig's Chinese cousin. Meanwhile, Richard Hammond is in Texas to immerse himself in the surprisingly interesting world of NASCAR racing. Plus, the Mercedes SLS Roadster makes an enormous amount of noise and smoke on the test track, and Matt Le Blanc is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 1
so they just fitted them with things... that looked like roll cages,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 2
Now, what really helps is this. These deploy.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 3
I mean, when I tell you NO breaks, because the car's so heavy
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 4
which means, as a bonus, you get lots of these.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 5
And they get a lot more access than F1 fans.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 6
Race time arrived.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 7
We started that! We did that.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 8
Three hours and 20 minutes of racing just flew by,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 9
Oh, dear Lord!
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 10
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 11
Unbelievably easily amused, and that's why
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 12
"You've got a ten second drive-by penalty," which ruins the race.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 13
What, rather than Drive And Die?
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 14
They mean is there's a new one, and it won't work properly.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 15
I've got news from Renault,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 16
The combination ones... Then go along the street, locking people's bikes up.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 17
Did it make you very boring, and overly confident at parties?
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 18
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 19
That is my idea of the perfect car.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 20
I understand that, but I'll let you into a little secret,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 21
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 22
Or an Aston Martin DBS, or even a BMW.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 23
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 24
The SLS is rare because it's for people who don't.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 25
No active exhaust valve nonsense in the SLS.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 26
between the Lamborghini Gallardo and a Ferrari Scuderia.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 27
If you win, you've got to look proud, but not smug,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 28
and it's bought by the American networks to be revamped and remade in the States.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 29
we're at this drive-in theatre, and someone knocks on the door
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 30
Here.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 31
Now, your car history is chequered, Isn't it? At best, yes.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 32
that's not right.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 33
I know you took your trip down here quite seriously,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 34
HE WHISTLES
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 35
two...
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 36
The thing is, though, that people with adenoids are saying in five years' time,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 37
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 38
China is now the world's second-biggest oil consumer,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 39
This car... or I should say THESE cars,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 40
It seems, then, that the expression... "copyright infringement"
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 41
It's like somebody's described Mini to somebody
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 42
You see one yet...
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 43
It's like a safety device.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 44
At the 6th annual Chinese government procurement conference,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 45
Underneath, it's an Alfa Romeo 166. This might be all right.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 46
He is the Stig's Chinese cousin.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 47
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 48
HE COUNTS DOWN
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 49
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 50
we were confident that we could take them onto the streets of Beijing.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 2
Now, what really helps is this. These deploy.
#2
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 3
I mean, when I tell you NO breaks, because the car's so heavy
#3
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 4
which means, as a bonus, you get lots of these.
#4
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 5
And they get a lot more access than F1 fans.
#5
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 6
Race time arrived.
#6
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 7
We started that! We did that.
#7
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 8
Three hours and 20 minutes of racing just flew by,
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 9
Oh, dear Lord!
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 10 #10 Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 11
Unbelievably easily amused, and that's why
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 12
"You've got a ten second drive-by penalty," which ruins the race.
#12
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 13
What, rather than Drive And Die?
#13
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 14
They mean is there's a new one, and it won't work properly.
#14
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 15
I've got news from Renault,
#15
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 16
The combination ones... Then go along the street, locking people's bikes up.
#16
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 17
Did it make you very boring, and overly confident at parties?
#17
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 18 #18 Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 19
That is my idea of the perfect car.
#19
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 20
I understand that, but I'll let you into a little secret,
#20
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 21 #21 Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 22
Or an Aston Martin DBS, or even a BMW.
#22
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The SLS is rare because it's for people who don't.
#24
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 25
No active exhaust valve nonsense in the SLS.
#25
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 26
between the Lamborghini Gallardo and a Ferrari Scuderia.
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 27
If you win, you've got to look proud, but not smug,
#27
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 28
and it's bought by the American networks to be revamped and remade in the States.
#28
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 29
we're at this drive-in theatre, and someone knocks on the door
#29
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 30
Here.
#30
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 31
Now, your car history is chequered, Isn't it? At best, yes.
#31
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 32
that's not right.
#32
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 33
I know you took your trip down here quite seriously,
#33
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 34
HE WHISTLES
#34
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 35
two...
#35
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 36
The thing is, though, that people with adenoids are saying in five years' time,
#36
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 37 #37 Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 38
China is now the world's second-biggest oil consumer,
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 39
This car... or I should say THESE cars,
#39
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 40
It seems, then, that the expression... "copyright infringement"
#40
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 41
It's like somebody's described Mini to somebody
#41
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 42
You see one yet...
#42
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 43
It's like a safety device.
#43
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 44
At the 6th annual Chinese government procurement conference,
#44
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 45
Underneath, it's an Alfa Romeo 166. This might be all right.
#45
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 46
He is the Stig's Chinese cousin.
#46
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 47 #47 Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 48
HE COUNTS DOWN
#48
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 49 #49 Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 2 (S18E02) - 50
we were confident that we could take them onto the streets of Beijing.
#50